The 10 largest financing deals in the Ed Tech market in 2013 YTD have combined for nearly $600M in aggregate funding.

2012 saw venture capital and private equity investors pour over $1B into private Ed Tech companies. But while deal activity remains high, 2013 has seen Ed Tech investors pursue primarily smaller investments as funding dropped 26% in the first half of the year driven by strong deal activity into early stage companies.

Despite the drop, there have been several notable large Ed Tech financing deals in the year-to-date. Both Laureate Education and Lynda.com took over $100M, respectively, in separate investment rounds. And online MOOC platform Coursera took over $60M from investors including GSV Capital, New Enterprise Associates and Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers.

The chart below highlights the top 10 largest Ed Tech financing rounds in 2013 YTD, which combined for nearly $600M in aggregate funding. Interestingly, there are a handful of investors who participated in more than one of the 10 largest 2013 Ed Tech financing rounds including Insight Venture Partners (Open English, Pluralsight), the Washington D.C.-based International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector development arm of the World Bank (Laureate Education, Coursera) and Accel Partners (WyzAnt, Knewton, Lynda.com).

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Ranking as of December 20, 2013

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  • Jeff

    As a 16 yr software veteran with 2 college degrees, I always recommend younger people to go this route, and get a degree if you want and as a supplement, but don’t count on learning what you can get by just practicing these videos (such as plural site) and doing the examples (and taking it seriously). Of course experience is king, but college versus real hands on training which costs less, i’d take the latter any day.